Structural ambidexterity and competency traps: Insights from Xerox PARC

Heracleous, L., Papachroni, A., Andriopoulos, C. and Gotsi, M. (2017) Structural ambidexterity and competency traps: Insights from Xerox PARC. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 117. pp. 327-338. ISSN 0040-1625

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We investigate the organizational dysfunctions that can interfere with the implementation of structural ambidexterity as a dynamic capability. We find that these dysfunctions give rise to competency traps characterized by interlinked cognitive, organizational and behavioral dimensions, that can severely compromise structural ambidexterity. Further, from the perspective of network ambidexterity, we also find that the inventions of the explorative unit can be treated as external to the focal organization, mirroring the dynamics of portfolio resources found in the context of strategic alliances. Our findings extend understanding of organizational ambidexterity as a dynamic capability, in particular how competency traps can severely compromise ambidexterity; and how network-like effects can adversely shape intra-firm dynamics.

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Subjects: University of Westminster > Westminster Business School
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Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2016 15:04
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